GACAAA Holds Seminar to Stop Senior Scamming

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

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WEYERS CAVE, Va. (WHSV) -- Nearly 200 police officers, attorneys and other workers attended a training seminar hosted by the Greater Augusta Coalition Against Adult Abuse (GACAAA) on Wednesday at Blue Ridge Community College. It focused on elder abuse, specifically when it comes to money.

Cpl. Derek Almarode of the Augusta County Sheriff's Office is the GACAAA co-chair and said a lot of seniors don't report when they're being stolen from because the scammers are often members of their family.

"That's why it's not reported, because they truly don't know the difference, that they're being exploited. And it's a very sad situation," said Almarode.

Almarode also said there is help out there if you're being exploited. If you report it to police or to adult protective services, they can get you the help you need to stop it. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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